Hunger Study

Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 (HIA 2014) is part of a series of national hunger studies conducted every four years. These studies provide the most extensive, up-to-date research available on hunger in your community and across the United States. Feeding Illinois food banks conducted face-to-face interviews with clients of their partner agencies. The information obtained over the course of the study allows Illinois food banks to have a better understanding of how we best can serve our families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors in need within our service areas.

HIA 2014 marks a departure from prior studies.  Its scope was expanded to include not just programs classified as traditional “emergency food assistance” – pantries, kitchens, and shelters – but also non-emergency programs such as senior programs and residential facilities. This broader universe reflects the diversity of food programs across the Feeding America network, as well as the diverse client population served by our food bank network.

Follow the links below to better understand hunger in your communities, Illinois, and the United States:

Hunger in Illinois – 2014 Full Report
Hunger in America - 2014 National Report
Visit Feeding America’s hunger research





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Hunger in Illinois in 2013

  • Over 1.9 million people were served by the Feeding Illinois partner food banks. 
  • 14% of clients (277,500 people) were seniors aged 60 and older.
  • An estimated 37% of clients were White, Non-Hispanic; 38% were Black, Non-Hispanic; and 18% were Hispanic.
  • About 38% of client households had a member who completed at least some college.
  • Nearly 61% of client households reported at least one employed person at some point in the past year.
  • Approximately 58% of client households in the state received SNAP (food stamp) benefits, but an additional 63% of client households not receiving SNAP benefits were potentially income-eligible to receive the benefit.
  • In the 12 months previous to the 2013 survey, client households reported having to make the following choices to cope with hunger:
    • 65% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
    • 75% had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities.
    • 60% had to choose between paying for food and paying for housing
    • 70% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.